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2 Men in the Bible Went to Heaven Without Dying

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

There are only two people recorded in the Bible who went to heaven without dying. The Bible does not say why Enoch was taken up to heaven by God.

Neither does it say why the mighty prophet Elijah went to heaven in a whirlwind.

Verse about Enoch taken up to God.

Verse about Enoch taken up to God.

Enoch

Enoch was taken away by God without dying (Genesis 5:24).

There is not much in the Bible about Enoch. Genesis 5:21-24 gives a brief description of him and not much more. In those few verses, we find out that Enoch lived to be 365 years old. Genesis 5:24 states, "And Enoch walked with God, and he was no longer, for God had taken him." Some biblical scholars believe Enoch entered heaven while he was still alive.

The question has often been asked why God took Enoch to heaven in a way different from the way others will go. However, the Bible does not say why that happened.

In the genealogy, we also learned that Enoch was the father of Methuselah and the son of Jared.

The New Testament contains three references to Enoch.

  1. Luke 3:37 mentions him in the genealogies of the ancestors of Jesus.
  2. Hebrews 11:5 mentions him in the faith chapter. It was added that Enoch pleased God.
  3. Jude 1:14-15 refers to Enoch as the seventh from Adam.
Elijah went to heaven without dying.

Elijah went to heaven without dying.

Elijah

More is said about Elijah than is said about Enoch. Elijah was a mighty prophet who performed many miracles during the reign of King Ahab who was married to Jezebel whom Elijah feared.

Elijah was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, according to 2 Kings 2:11-12. Prior to that occurrence, Elijah's understudy Elisha asked for a double portion of his anointing (2 Kings 2:9). Elisha was walking with Elijah when he was taken up to heaven.

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!

Following Elijah's ascension, Elisha took over Elijah's position of performing miracles because he did have a double portion of Elijah's anointing that he had asked for.

Miracles of Elijah

Elijah performed sixteen miracles, according to 1 Kings 18:16-46 and Hebrews 11:37. Since Elisha had a double portion of Elijah's anointing, he performed 31 miracles while he was alive and one after his death. He performed a total of 32 miracles.

One might be wondering how Elisha could perform a miracle after his death. Here is the story.

While alive Elisha performed one less than double the miracles of Elijah. After his death, even the bones of the dead Elisha had miraculous powers.

Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha's grave. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet (2 Kings13:21). That was the missing miracle that made exactly the double of the miracles Elijah performed. That proved that Elisha was anointed to the bone.

Why God Took Enoch and Elijah to Heaven Before They Died

The Bible does not specifically give us the answer we really want. However, we do believe the Bible is correct when it says Enoch and Elijah did not die. Whatever the reason, we trust that God had a reason for not wanting these two men to experience death the way most people will unless they are raptured when Jesus returns for His church.

While we don’t always understand God’s plans and purposes, we trust that He does what's best.

Which Is Which?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which one went to heaven in a whirlwind?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  2. Which one was a prophet?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  3. Which one walked with God and God took him?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  4. Elisha wanted a double portion of whose anointing?
    • Enoch's
    • Elijah's
  5. Which one was Methuselah's father?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  6. Which one lived to be 365 years old?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  7. Which one was mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  8. Which one was said to walk with God?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  9. Which one was the seventh from Adam?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  10. Which one was with Elisha when he was taken up to heaven?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  11. Which one was afraid of Jezebel?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
  12. Which one went to heaven without dying?
    • Enoch
    • Elijah
    • Enoch and Elijah

Answer Key

  1. Elijah
  2. Elijah
  3. Enoch
  4. Elijah's
  5. Enoch
  6. Enoch
  7. Enoch
  8. Enoch
  9. Enoch
  10. Elijah
  11. Elijah
  12. Enoch and Elijah

Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 27, 2018:

Same with me, Eric. I believe there are some things we will not know until we come face to face with God in heaven. Until then, I am like you..."I just relax in faith."

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 27, 2018:

I think with the bones of Elisha we see a place to contemplate. Why take up the whole bodies of Enoch and Elijah? Makes me think more along the lines of being manifest in God's image.

With the two being so close to God, maybe that ascension means a lot to us but not a big deal for them. Like the epitome of their work being done on earth.

I heard one say it was because they were really angels all along. Again it is one of those matters where I love not knowing, so I can just relax in faith.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 26, 2018:

wba108@yahoo.com, thanks for reading and commenting. My research provided an answer like the one you gave about Enoch walking closely with God. Thanks for sharing!.

wba108@yahoo.com from upstate, NY on April 26, 2018:

My understanding of Enoch, was that during his lifetime he walked so closely with God that God desired his company in heaven. Not doubt Enoch preferred heaven to earth because he spent his life in God's presence.